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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 175

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Health, . upon notice, on16 October1979:

What proportion of the community in each State and in Australia is covered by (a) hospital insurance, (b) medical insurance, (c) pensioner health benefits (d) veterans repatriation benefits and (e) other health insurance, indicating the type of cover.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following table shows the proportion of the population- as a percentage- in each State and Australia who were covered at 30 June1979 by: (a) hospital insurance; (b) medical insurance; (c) pensioner health benefits (d) veterans repatriation benefits; and (e) other health insurance in the form of ancillary benefits.


It should be noted that:

(1   ) The different types of coverage shown in the table are not mutually exclusive. For example, there may be persons covered by both pensioner health benefits and private medical and/or hospital insurance.

(2)   In respect of persons covered for pensioner health benefits and Veterans' Affairs benefits, statistics for the A.C.T. and the N.T. have been included under N.S.W. and S.A. respectively. They are not available separately, except in the case of P.H.B. pensioners (9141 for the A.C.T. and 7224 for the N.T.)

(3)   Insured persons are classified by the State of registration of the organisations. Insured persons in the N.T. and A.C.T. are covered by organisations registered in the States.

(4)   In the case of Veterans' Affairs hospital and medical coverage, the statistics include those with full and partial entitlement.

(5)   At 30 June 1979, there were 70,260 defence personnel eligible for medical and hospital care for whom a State break-up is not available. Some of these might also have family hospital and medical cover with organisations registered under the National Health Act.

(6)   Information on the proportion of the population covered by plans operating outside the National Health Act is not available.

(7)   At 30 June 1979, some individuals would have been eligible for free medical treatment as disadvantaged persons. Because such persons only become apparent at the time they are classified by their doctors as disadvantaged, statistics on the proportion of the population eligible to be classified by their doctors as disadvantaged are not available. However, it has been estimated that about5 per cent of the population could be covered by the disadvantaged arrangements.

(8)   Australian residents without hospital insurance with a registered health insurance organisation are entitled to outpatients care and treatment without charge in standard ward accommodation by hospital doctors in recognised hospitals.

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